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Lakers Trade D'Angelo Russell To Nets

The Los Angeles Lakers have traded PG D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets, all but confirming that they will select Lonzo Ball with the 2nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.  Brook Lopez and a Nets 1st round pick (27) will go back to Los Angeles in the deal.  The Lakers will shed Timofey Mozgov's contract.

Brooklyn still has the 22nd pick in the draft and can find a big to pair with Russell in TJ Leaf, Edrice Adebayo, Harry Giles or Ike Anigbogu.

Los Angeles drafted DLo with the 2nd pick in the 2015 draft.  He has averaged 15 points per game, but just 4 assists, improving to 4.8 assists in his sophomore season.  Russell also upped his 3pt shot attempts, from 4 to 6, while shooting 35% from downtown for a second year in a row.

If D'Angelo Russell wants to take his game to the next level, he will need to become more of a playmaker and do a better job racking up assists.  A move to the Eastern Conference, where the game is played at a slower pace might be exactly the scenery change he needs.

For the Lakers, they had to trade a 21 year old rising star to clear Mozgov's insane contract.  They get Lopez and his expiring contract in return, and I am sure they will flip him at the trade deadline for a first round pick.  This deal is a salary dump to clear cap space for Paul George to join them in 2018.

LA does have the 27th and 28th picks in the draft now so let's see if they use them or package them in a Luol Deng deal.
Lakers trade D'Angelo Russell to Nets